My Sunday morning started off like this:
My laptop wouldn’t finish booting.
All I got was a backlit, black, screen. I went through numerous combinations of booting with option, cmd+R, cmd+shift+R, un-mounting, ejecting. In all methods, trying in vain to get the Disk Utility to verify and repair the hard drive. I tried from Recovery Mode and a fresh OSX install on a USB hard drive. The things I saw on my screen included:
After a few hours I moved from “I need to fix this” to “I need to get my laptop back up.”
Ok let’s do a clean install: “An Error occurred while preparing the installation. Try running this application again.”
At this point I booked a genius bar appointment for the next day just in case. 3 clean installs failed. Took a break to think about it…. I got back into Disk Utility and formatted the partition. Then deleted/recreated the partitions. Formatted again (why not?). At this point a clean install worked. Ok… Seems like the drive isn’t totally dead. But, I want to do a fresh restore from my Time Machine backup on my NAS. I normally also have a SuperDuper! backup. I didn’t. That’s a story for another time. Apple doesn’t quite support NAS Time Machine; there are a few hoops you have to jump through:
Go to Volumes
cd /Volumes ls -la
mount -t afp afp://admin:[password]@192.168.1.205/timstimemachine synology
Check you see files in the synology folder
cd synology ls -la
hdid [your back-up name].sparsebundle
Sunday was a stressful day. Hopefully this can help you.